Schedule

Day 1
Tuesday, October 25

7:30 AM
Lobby

Check-In & Walk-Up Registration

Room 1C/D

Morning Refreshments

8:00 AM
Room 2

Welcome & Introductions

Suzanne Wilkison -North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research
Roger Conner – GO-Science

8:15 AM
Room 2

Opening Keynote: The Five Crucial Conversations for Educational Excellence

Delivering quality education requires interactions between instructors, administrators and students. Each intersection between these groups or individuals represents an opportunity for effective collaboration or counterproductive conflict.

VitalSmarts, an innovator in corporate training and leadership development grounded in more than three decades of behavioral science research, conducted a study of 400 educators and found that those who consistently and effectively engaged in crucial conversations were twice as likely to succeed. They also found that educators were more satisfied with their school because of their success in resolving issues.

In this high energy and engaging presentation, educators will learn how to hold crucial conversations with school leaders, fellow educators, parents and students to create a better work environment and productive classroom.

Amy Podurgal- VitalSmarts

9:45 AM Option 1 of 10
Room 1A
Track: Best Practices in Teaching STEM at the Undergraduate Level

Rigor, Resiliance and Relavance in STEM

Recognizing rigor, resilience and relevance in classrooms is all about recognizing good instruction. Look for instructional practices that expect students to learn at very high levels and give students the support to achieve at high levels. Expect all students to demonstrate their learning at high levels.

Most applicable to grades 6-12, Higher Education and Other STEM Groups

Shagufta Raja- University of North Carolina at Charlotte

9:45 AM Option 2 of 10
Room 1B
Track: Getting Started in STEM

Moving from PowerPoint Lessons to Inquiry-Based Lessons in Middle School Science

In this presentation, we’ll discuss the progress of our district’s effort to move middle school science instruction from PowerPoint-based science lessons toward inquiry-based science lessons. We will discuss challenges and successes in efforts to improve science instruction in our district.

Most applicable to grades 6-8

Linda Tugurian- Durham Public Schools

9:45 AM Option 3 of 10
Room 2

Crucial Conversations that Drive Educational Excellence: Exercises and Applications (Part 1)

In this interactive session, Amy will lead participants in exercises to help them effectively engage in crucial conversations with unsupportive school leaders, fellow teachers who are failing in their classrooms, fellow teachers who let their peers down, parents who fail to support learning and students who have behavioral problems.This will be a comprehensive double session from 9:45 AM – 11:30 AM.

Most applicable to K-12

Amy Podurgal- VitalSmarts

9:45 AM Option 4 of 10
Room 3
Track: TechSpace: Breakthrough Technologies

Coding in the Elementary Classroom

Explore four activities that introduce programming basics in a format that is fun and accessible to upper elementary students. Most of the activities in this session are free, use readily accessible materials, and most do not require a computer.

Most applicable to grades 3-6 and other STEM groups

Chris Gordon- University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Alisa Wickliff- University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Premkumar Pugalenthi- University of North Carolina at Charlotte

9:45 AM Option 5 of 10
Room 4
Track: Hands-On, Pioneering Instructional Practices (50-minute concurrent session)

Using Inquiry-Based Learning to Activate Student Growth

This is an opportunity to explore ways to use inquiry-based training through problem-and project-based learning. Inquiry can be used in all grade levels and subject areas as a tool to strengthen student involvement and understanding. Time will be spent working through student inquiry and looking at how the parts work together to enhance the teaching and learning experience.

Most applicable to grades K-12

Stan Hill- Wake Forest School of Medicine
Kelsey Doolittle- Wake Forest School of Medicine

9:45 AM Option 6 of 10
Room 5
Track: STEM Collider: A Convergence of the K-16 STEM Ecosystem

NIEHS Partnerships for Access & Opportunity

Through partnership and collaboration, NIEHS connects with the greater community (i.e., teachers, students, parents, organizations) through outreach efforts. Diversity and inclusion are greatly supported to ensure the provision of opportunity for and access to environmental health sciences, career possibilities, and related educational preparation and training.

Applicable to all audiences

Ericka Reid- National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Huei-Chen Lao- National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

9:45 AM Option 7 of 10
Room 6
Track: Hands-On, Pioneering Instructional Practices (50-minute concurrent session)

Solve Local: Community-Based PBL

Solve Local is a community-based initiative that provides students with authentic STEM PBL prompts from local businesses. Through the Solve Local repository, teachers can search by ZIP code for participating local businesses and download a packet of materials for engaging their students in a PBL activity. The experience not only provides students with a problem solving activity, but it also exposes them to STEM career opportunities in their own community.

Most applicable to grades K-12, Industry, Government, and Other STEM Groups

Lucy Kosturko- SAS
Kristin Hoffmann- North Carolina State University

9:45 AM Option 8 of 10
Room 7A
Track: Other STEM Groups, Out-of-School Experiences & Informal Educators

Help Your Students Discover Citizen Science in Your Classroom

We all know that our students are more engaged when they are doing authentic work. Citizen Science allows you and your students to participate in current research on various topics to meet curriculum standards. Come learn how to implement Citizen Science in your classroom.

Most applicable to grades 6-8

Jason Painter- The Science House at North Carolina State University

9:45 AM Option 9 of 10
Room 7B
Track: Exhibitor Showcase

No-Cost STEM Digital Learning Courses for 3rd-12th Grade

EverFi Inc. is the leading education technology company focused on teaching, assessing, and certifying students in critical life skills. Our cutting-edge digital courses are easy to use and provided to schools at no cost. Session attendees will demo Future Goals-Hockey Scholar™ and Radius-Math & Coding™.

Everyone who attends our presentation will be given login credentials to the entire 3-12 online platform and ongoing technical and curriculum support at no cost.

Everfi

9:45 AM Option 10 of 10
Room 9
Track: TechSpace: Breakthrough Technologies

There's A Wearable Device for That!

This session will allow participants to explore how the Arduino LilyPad can be used to create wearable devices. Participants will have a chance to preview the “Hot Stuff”  wearable device,  which is used to monitor heat stroke.

Most applicable to grades 6-12

Ursela Jones- Durham Public Schools

10:45 AM Option 1 of 10
Room 1A
Track: Best Practices in Teaching STEM at the Undergraduate Level

Early Engagement of Undergraduate Students

This presentation will provide knowledge from several years of successfully engaging computer science undergraduate students in research.

Most applicable to Higher Education

Rahman Tashakkori- Appalachian State University

10:45 AM Option 2 of 10
Room 1B
Track: STEM (+): Creating a More Inclusive Environment in STEM

Celebrating the Full Spectrum of STEM Learners

Our proposal for celebrating the full “SPECTRUM” of STEM learners involves creating an inclusive afterschool program focused on STEM activities that were developed using a universal design for learning (UDL) framework. The program was part of the North Carolina Science Festival.

Most applicable to grades K-12 and Higher Education

Dennis Kubasko- University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Sue Kezios- University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Amy Moody- University of North Carolina at Wilmington

10:45 AM Option 3 of 10
Room 2

Crucial Conversations that Drive Educational Excellence: Exercises and Applications (Part 2)

In this interactive session, Amy will lead participants in exercises to help them effectively engage in crucial conversations with unsupportive school leaders, fellow teachers who are failing in their classrooms, fellow teachers who let their peers down, parents who fail to support learning and students who have behavioral problems. This will be a comprehensive double session from 9:45 AM – 11:30 AM.

Most applicable to K-12

Amy Podurgal- VitalSmarts

10:45 AM Option 4 of 10
Room 3
Track: Hands-On, Pioneering Instructional Practices (50-minute concurrent session)

UBEATS: An Innovative Interdisciplinary STEM Approach for ESL Populations

Children in grades 3-8, new to America and STEM, became researchers of nonverbal communication (BioMusic) in diverse species including music-making in this 2-year informal STEM program. Students translated science into puppet shows that fueled STEM learning and increased STEM interest.

Most applicable to grades 3-8, Higher Education, Industry, Government, and Other STEM Groups

Patricia Gray- University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Claudia Walker- Murphey Traditional Academy
Claire Simpson- Peppercorn Theatre Company

10:45 AM Option 5 of 10
Room 4
Track: Hands-On, Pioneering Instructional Practices (50-minute concurrent session)

Inspiring Minds with STEM Fairs

By rebranding science fairs into STEM fairs, a whole new realm of possibilities is opened for students. This model can be scaled down for implementation at schools, grade levels or feeder school tracks or scaled up into districtwide events.

Most applicable to grades K-12

Chris England- Louisburg High School

10:45 AM Option 6 of 10
Room 5
Track: STEM Collider: A Convergence of the K-16 STEM Ecosystem

Getting Your Voice Heard: Advocating for STEM

During this presentation, participants will have the opportunity to learn and practice skills for local, state and national science education (or STEM) advocacy. Participants will define what it means to be a change agent, and they will explore methods to communicate the need for reform and also resources in science/STEM education at school, county, state and national levels. Participants will learn who to target in order to help make needed changes utilizing the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Activities include how to frame an issue, use data to support a position, craft short “elevator speeches,” leverage social media, and use effective communication strategies when meeting with local and state level stakeholders and representatives. Examples of each plan will be shown and discussed. Participants will decide on a specific issue of concern and use that context to develop their skills during the session. Deliverables from this session will include a letter template for writing to representatives, a short 30-60 second speech on their chosen issue and additional resources on persuasive communication. Participants also will learn about other resources and opportunities to access help in effective advocacy, including the North Carolina Science Leadership Organization.

Applicable to all audiences

Joann Blumenfeld- Broughton High School
Willow Alston-Socha- Pinecrest High School
Beth Harris- Seven Oaks Consulting
Representative Graig Meyer- North Carolina General Assembly
Jessica Miller- Educational Consultant/Coach

10:45 AM Option 7 of 10
Room 6
Track: Other STEM Groups, Out-of-School Experiences & Informal Educators

Creating a Management Process to Survive the Messy Middle in PBL

Have you even had a great project idea only to have it fall apart during implementation? The messy middle is often a pitfall for PBL implementers. Learn how to make it through the messy middle with proper planning and the use of an industry-based project management process called Scrum. In this session you will be given an opportunity to observe the planning process for Gold Standard PBL implementation as well as see live demonstrations of Scrum and how both students and teachers use this method to ensure accountability in the messy middle.

Most applicable to grades 4-12

Shanel Goodson- Vernon Malone College & Career Academy
Michelle Woods- Vernon Malone College & Career Academy

10:45 AM Option 8 of 10
Room 7A
Track: Other STEM Groups, Out-of-School Experiences & Informal Educators

NASA K-12 Aerospace Academy Program: Advancing STEM Literacy in Rural and Underserved Regions

The goal of the NASA Aerospace Academy project is to improve STEM literacy by engaging students, family members and teachers through integration of emerging technologies. The key components of the project including its delivery model and evaluation, will be discussed in the presentation.

Most applicable to grades 6-12, and Other STEM Groups

Kuldeep Rawat- Elizabeth City State University

10:45 AM Option 9 of 10
Room 7B
Track: Exhibitor Showcase

STEM Expeditions

Students today will be responsible for solving the challenges heading our way in areas such as health care, energy consumption, environmental protection and national security. Teaching integrated STEM is a perfect solution to preparing students for tomorrow’s challenges.

Join us to learn more about Pitsco’s new cloud-based STEM Expeditions, in which STEM is truly integrated and implementation is flexible, blending teacher-led instruction with collaborative, student-directed activities.

Pitsco Education

10:45 AM Option 10 of 10
Room 9
Track: TechSpace: Breakthrough Technologies

Minecrafting In Our Makerspace / Virtual to 3D Print

Working in Minecraft offers a deep level of engagement, allowing the engineering design process to soar in every type of learner. Projects are transferred from Minecraft.edu to the real world with the help of our 3D printer.

Most applicable to grades K-5

Greg Eyman- Brentwood Magnet Elementary School of Engineering

11:40 AM
Room 1C/1D

Exhibit Hall Opens

12:00 PM
Room 2

Lunch

12:20 PM
Room 2

Lunch Keynote: STEM Pipeline Diversity: A Remedy for Health Disparities?

In his talk, Dr. Tweedy will draw on his book, Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine, and other relevant experiences to examine the critical role of K-16 STEM education in addressing the prevalence of health disparities in this country, and he will provide insight into what we should be doing to recruit and retain underrepresented minorities into medicine and other STEM fields. He will share his experience as a student at the Duke University School of Medicine and as a participant in the prestigious Meyerhoff Scholars Program at the University of Maryland Baltimore County — the leading collegiate STEM diversity education program in the nation.

Damon Tweedy, M.D.- Duke University

1:15 PM Option 1 of 9
Room 1A
Track: Best Practices in Teaching STEM at the Undergraduate Level

What Higher Education Needs to Know about New K-12 Curriculum Standards and Their Impact on Student Preparedness for College-Level STEM Courses

New K-12 curriculum standards have made headlines in North Carolina and the nation in recent years, but what do these new – and sometimes controversial – standards mean, and how well will today’s high school seniors be prepared for college-level STEM instruction verses students taught using previous curriculum standards?

Come hear how Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards will better prepare students for college, careers and productive citizenship and what this means for college-level instructors in North Carolina.

Most applicable to higher education

Bruce Middleton- North Carolina Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Center

1:15 PM Option 2 of 9
Room 1B
Track: STEM (+): Creating a More Inclusive Environment in STEM

Give the Student a Purpose: Broadening Participation in STEM Using Culturally Relevant Pedagogy

Research indicates that students from groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM experience increased engagement when instruction and inquiry include a social justice component. Classroom-tested activities that integrate culturally relevant pedagogy into curricula will be demonstrated in this interactive workshop.

Most applicable to grades 9-12 and Higher Education

Lenora Crabtree- University of North Carolina at Charlotte

1:15 PM Option 3 of 9
Room 3
Track: Expanding and Sustaining a STEM Program

STEM PBL In & Out of the Classroom

Educators will learn how our K-8 school uses project-based learning to expand STEM opportunities to our students.

Most applicable to grades K-8

Becky Hines- Lenoir County Public Schools
Stephanie Harrell- Lenoir County Public Schools
Janet Stivers-Blaebaum- Lenoir County Public Schools

1:15 PM Option 4 of 9
Room 4
Track: Hands-On, Pioneering Instructional Practices (50-minute concurrent session)

Biomedical Engineering: Introduction and Hands-On Activites

Engineering World Health, a Durham-based nonprofit, will introduce K-12 teachers to the field of biomedical engineering along with its various topics and careers. A low-cost hands-on activity will be completed during the program and several others will be demonstrated.

Most applicable to grades 3-12 and Higher Education

Ben Fleishman- Engineering World Health

1:15 PM Option 5 of 9
Room 5
Track: STEM Collider: A Convergence of the K-16 STEM Ecosystem

NC STEM Center Portal: A Collaboration in Sharing STEM Programs and Opportunities

Parents are increasingly looking for afterschool programs that offer high-quality STEM opportunities. STEM education stakeholders are increasingly looking for resources, tools and model programming. Find out how the collaboration between the NC STEM Portal and The Connectory can help leverage resources and strengthen your capacity by identifying and connecting programs, sharing ideas and networking with a growing STEM community. Participants will learn ways that they can include their program in the NC STEM Portal, utilize tools and resources available to them to increase their outreach and services to youth, and explore the following key site features:

• Learn about the importance of STEM education in North Carolina.
• Find high-quality and engaging STEM programs.
• Share resources and knowledge with others across the state and nation.
• Connect with others dedicated to ensuring the success of all North Carolina students.

The session will consist of a presentation based on a collaboration between the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, North Carolina Science, Mathematics, Technology and Education Center (NC SMT) and The Connectory, followed by sharing of how the STEM Portal can be a valuable asset to STEM programs across the state. The session also will include an interactive period whereby session participants can engage the site for a true experience while building a profile of their program.

Applicable to all audiences

Alfred Mays- Burroughs Wellcome Fund

1:15 PM Option 6 of 9
Room 6
Track: STEM Unconference

STEM Unconference

The STEM Unconference brings together attendees with similar interests for presentations, workshops, demonstrations and discussions. Come with ideas of what you want to learn regarding STEM and with things you can share.

Applicable to all audiences

Roger Conner- Go-Science

1:15 PM Option 7 of 9
Room 7A
Track: Other STEM Groups, Out-of-School Experiences & Informal Educators

Inspiring Students to Develop STEM and Literacy Skills for a Lifetime of Success

Classroom instruction can inspire students to develop and pursue their own interests in STEM while developing inquiry, research and engineering skills to solve original problems. See how students’ literacy skills can be strengthened by authentic experiences during and after school.

Most applicable to grades 3-12

Manley Midgett- North Carolina Science Fair Foundation

1:15 PM Option 8 of 9
Room 7B
Track: Exhibitor Showcase

Key Elements to Implementing Sustainable, Comprehensive K-12 STEM Programs in Your District

This presentation will focus on leadership, professional development and resources needed to plan and implement elementary, middle and high school STEM programs for all students.

Project Lead the Way

1:15 PM Option 9 of 9
Room 9
Track: TechSpace: Breakthrough Technologies

The Science House Presents: Using Makey Makey Devices to Capture STEM Innovation

Would you like to use bananas as a keyboard? How about making your own motion activated camera? These are possible and much more with a simple understanding of circuits and easy programming tools. During this session learn about Makey Makey and open up doors of creative possibilities for your students!

Most applicable to grades 3-12

Michelle Benigno- The Science House at North Carolina State University
Jason Painter-The Science House at North Carolina State University

2:05 PM
Room 1C/1D

Poster Session

The poster session will provide conference attendees with updated information about practical, quality STEM research that interests a wide range of subjects.

Applicable to all audiences

Melani Duffrin – East Carolina University

Room 1C/1D

Break

Refreshments served.

Room 1C/1D

Visit Exhibits

2:25 PM
Room 2

Ignite Overview

The Biogen Foundation’s Ignite the Power of STEM program awards grants to support science education programs and projects in public and charter elementary, middle and high schools in North Carolina and Massachusetts.

Additional information about the Ignite funding program will be provided during this brief overview.

Gena Renfrow- Biogen Foundation

2:50 PMOption 1 of 3
Room 2

Outreach Expo

This session will take place simultaneously in Rooms 2 and the 1C/1D exhibitor area. Attendees will travel from table to table to learn about the programs and resources listed below that were developed for K-12 schools and districts.

Table #1
Building Leadership to Strengthen STEM Education

Building leadership within the STEM community is critical to sustaining STEM education. This session focuses on the North Carolina Science Leadership Association’s work with business and government, its leadership development program, and how these interact with and support STEM education.

Most applicable to grades K-12 and Other STEM Groups

Dennis Kubasko- North Carolina Science Leadership Association
Pat Shane- North Carolina Science Leadership Association
Alisa Wickliff- North Carolina Science Leadership Association

Table #3
Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists

Burroughs Wellcome Fund supports N.C. teaching professionals in their efforts to provide quality hands-on, inquiry-based activities for their students. Stop by and learn about the BW Fund’s grant opportunities for K-12 educators and their classrooms.

Most applicable to grades K-12

Russ Campbell- Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Table #5
Honeybee Monitoring Research: A Student Engaged Research

Honeybees are dying at an alarming rate due to several issues that are collectively known as the colony collapse disorder. An effective monitoring system can provide significant information on the health of beehives and can help prevent their collapse. Our research group has developed a monitoring system that records video and audio signals for analysis in the lab. The project involves many undergraduate and graduate students at different stages of their studies. We will share the project as a model for student participation and share some of our results.

Most applicable to grades 9-12, Higher Education and Other STEM Groups

Rahman Tashakkori- Appalachian State University

Table #7
NC DNA Day and DNA Day CONNECT: Connecting High School Classrooms with NC Researchers

The DNA Day CONNECT program is an extension of NC DNA Day that pairs university researchers and North Carolina high school classrooms year-round. They participate in video sessions that are focused on showing students how science applies to their lives.

Most applicable to grades 9-12

Amanda Raimer- DNA Day CONNECT
Michaelyn Hartmann- DNA Day CONNECT

Table #9
Bringing Science to Underserved Communities

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, with funding from the Biogen Foundation, has developed two outreach programs about scientific tools and DNA that can be provided free to underserved communities. Please join us to learn about the evolution of these programs and how your students may be able to benefit from them.

Most applicable to grades 3-8

Courtney Behrle- North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Christy Flint- North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Table #11
NIH Science Education Partnership Award Curricular Resources for K-12 Teachers

This program will provide a description of free NIH SEPA curricular resources for teachers.

Most applicable to grades 1-12

Tony Beck- National Institute of Health
Melani Duffrin- East Carolina University

Table #13
NC MATE ROV Competition

The Science House at the NCSU Center for Marine Sciences and Technology facilitates programs on the coast that can be used by school systems to provide unique coastal-based opportunities for teachers and students. They include the NC MATE ROV competition, NC Youth Ocean Conservation Summit and Coastal Connections Teacher Workshops.

Most applicable for grades K-12 and Other STEM Groups

Patrick Curley- The Science House at CMAST

Table #15
Catalyst: Creating Opportunities in STEM for Students with Disabilities

Catalyst creates opportunities in STEM for high school students with disabilities who want to participate in STEM learning and careers in the future. These students are given more support and individualized instruction with high quality programs that include STEM content learning, skills and experiences so they can succeed. They also are taught a variety of educational pathways for STEM careers from three months training through Ph.D.s. This program is part of the Science House at NCSU and is in partnership with North Carolina State University, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science and Wake Technical Community College. It is funded by a generous grant from the Biogen Foundation. We currently are finalists for the MIT Inventeam Competition, one of the top 35 in the nation, demonstrating that with good support and opportunities, students with disabilities can be leaders, learners and inventors in STEM. We have doubled our size this year to help serve more the 168,000 students with disabilities in North Carolina Public Schools and hope to increase next year. Attend this session and see how we can help your high school students with disabilities succeed in STEM!

Most applicable to grades 9-12

Joann Blumenfeld- Broughton High School

Table #17
Take Flight! A Morehead Production about the Four Forces of Flight

Orville and Wilbur Wright take students on a high-flying adventure in Morehead Planetarium and Science Center’s newest production, Take Flight! Experience the four forces of flight and try hands-on activities that accompany the show.

Most applicable to grades 3-8 and Other STEM Groups

Amber Vogel- Morehead Planetarium
Nick Eakes- Morehead Planetarium

Table #19
Novozymes Science Grant and Facility Tour Opportunities

Novozymes is offering a number of opportunities for teachers interested in biology/biotechnology education. Specifically, we offer tours of our labs and production facilities to teachers and high school students who want to learn about biotechnology and advanced manufacturing. We also offer monetary grants to teachers who work in Tier 1 and 2 counties for educational materials for life science activities in the classroom for spring 2017. Come by to learn more.

Applicable to grades K-12

Arlan Peters- Novozymes North America, Inc.

Table #21
Neural Connections: Hands-on Neuroscience for Everyone

Neural Connections designs and delivers hands-on neuroscience activities to schools, special events and other partner organizations. This presentation will feature a few of our favorite activities. We hope to inspire educators to include neuroscience in their science classes!

Most applicable to grades K-12 and Higher Education

Marsha Penner- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Table #23
Opportunities for Engaging Students with the Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network (RTNN)

Get to know science at the nanoscale! The RTNN is bringing nanotechnology awareness and experiences to students by overcoming traditional access hurdles. We provide free access to cutting-edge science equipment at our member universities (Duke, NCSU, UNC), on-site tours, web-linked demonstrations and in-class presentations.

Most applicable to grades 4-12 and Higher Education

Holly Leddy- Duke University
Maude Cuchiara- North Carolina State University
Catherine McKenas- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Table #25
Educator at Sea with the Museum of Life and Science

Our museum educator accompanied a Duke research team to Bermuda and created educational programs based on current science. These programs were made available in the lab and through STEM days, an enhanced field trip opportunity where students explore curricula through exhibits and mini-programs across the museum’s 84-acre campus.

Most applicable to grades K-5 and Industry

Trish Lemm- Museum of Life and Science
Karyn Perdue- Museum of Life and Science

Table #27
Bayer’s Making Science Make Sense Program

As a science and innovation company, Bayer has a strong stake in helping to improve science education and to ensure that all individuals are scientifically literate. Bayer demonstrates this commitment with its national, presidential award-winning Making Science Make Sense® (MSMS) program, a company-wide initiative which advances science literacy across the United States through hands-on, inquiry-based science learning, employee volunteerism and public education.

Most applicable to grades K-8

Casey Allen- Bayer Crop Science
Sarah Myers- Bayer Crop Science

Table #29
Science Education Against Drug Abuse Partnership

The purpose of the Science Education Against Drug Abuse Partnership (SEADAP) is to increase knowledge about drug addiction, careers in biomedical fields and how planaria are used to advance knowledge about research through the implementation of an inquiry–based program.

Most applicable to grades 6-12

Rhea L. Gordon Miles- East Carolina University

Table #33
Free SAS® Curriculum Pathways® STEM Resources

Teach data literacy with Data Depot, a repository of 100+ downloadable data sets. Use virtual labs to develop an understanding of scientific processes. Master solving equations and inequalities, identifying and evaluating sequences, graphing functions, and simplifying expressions with our online Algebra 1 Course.

Most applicable to grades 4-12

Ada Lopez- SAS Curriculum Pathways
Staci Lyon- SAS Curriculum Pathways

Table #35
STEM Field Trip and Enrichment Opportunities for Students and Teachers

Learn about STEM field trip and enrichment opportunities for students and teachers at Marbles Kids Museum and Raleigh.

Most applicable for grades K-8

Hardin Engelhardt- Marbles Kids Museum
Celeste Kathleen- Marbles Kids Museum

Table #37
Biomedical Engineering: Introduction and Hands-On Activities

Engineering World Health, a Durham-based nonprofit, will introduce K-12 teachers to the field of biomedical engineering along with its various topics and careers. A low-cost hands-on activity will be completed during the program and several others will be demonstrated.

Most applicable to grades 3-12 and Higher Education

Ben Fleishman- Engineering World Health

Table #45
UNC Coastal Studies Institute: Research and Education in Northeastern North Carolina

UNC CSI is an inter-university research and education institute located on Roanoke Island on the Outer Banks. There are many programmatic opportunities for grades 5-12 as either distance education or field trip opportunities. All hands–on education programming strives to highlight the work of UNC CSI scientists and compliment subjects taught in the classroom by meeting NC standards while providing students opportunities to experience STEM in a science research facility.

Most applicable to grades 5-12

David Sybert- UNC Coastal Studies Institute

2:50 PMOption 2 of 3
Room 1A
Track: Best Practices in Teaching STEM at the Undergraduate Level

Understanding Today's College Freshman

Hear directly from high school educators about what you can expect from the class of 2017 as it relates to student learning styles, student knowledge base and student expectations for college.

Most applicable to Higher Education

Tim Velegol- Riverside High School

2:50 PMOption 3 of 3
Room 6
Track: STEM Unconference

STEM Unconference

The STEM Unconference brings together attendees with similar interests for presentations, workshops, demonstrations and discussions. Come with ideas of what you want to learn regarding STEM and with things you can share.

Applicable to all audiences

Roger Conner- Go-Science

3:50 PM Option 1 of 7
Room 1A
Track: Best Practices in Teaching STEM at the Undergraduate Level

Model Programs for Student Retention in STEM Undergraduate Majors

According to a recent report by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), fewer than 40 percent of students who enter college intending to major in a STEM field complete a STEM degree. For underrepresented minority students, the statistics are even more troubling. STEM retention programs like the Meyerhoff Scholars Program at the University of Maryland Baltimore County have been effective in supporting minority students with STEM majors and closing the STEM pipeline. This 70-minute session will showcase successful undergraduate STEM retention programs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina Central University. The session leaders will share information about their programs, including lessons learned and challenges in developing and sustaining a STEM retention program.

Most applicable to higher education

Michael Crimmins- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Faye Calhoun- North Carolina Central University

3:50 PM Option 2 of 7
Room 1B
Track: STEM (+): Creating a More Inclusive Environment in STEM

Science Literacy: Teaching STEM with Comics and Pop Culture

In order to engage an at-risk audience,  relevance and accessibility are key. Come learn how to incorporate comics and pop culture into your STEM curriculum using a variety of high engagement strategies while maintaining rigor. Join us for an energetic hands-on session.

Most applicable to grades 6-12

Shari Brady- Winston Salem/Forsyth County Schools
Matt Brady- Winston Salem/Forsyth County Schools

3:50 PM Option 3 of 7
Room 2
Track: Expanding and Sustaining a STEM Program

Money Matters: A Primer on Getting Funding and Grants for Your Classroom

Attendees will learn the basics of writing a successful grant proposal and how to generate funding for STEM classrooms and programs.

Most applicable to grades K-12

Jason Painter- North Carolina State University
Gena Renfrow- Biogen Foundation
Leslie Ann Jackson- North Carolina Community Foundation

3:50 PM Option 4 of 7
Room 6
Track: STEM Unconference

STEM Unconference

The STEM Unconference brings together attendees with similar interests for presentations, workshops, demonstrations and discussions. Come with ideas of what you want to learn regarding STEM and with things you can share.

Applicable to all audiences

Roger Conner- GO-Science

3:50 PM Option 5 of 7
Room 7A
Track: Other STEM Groups, Out-of-School Experiences & Informal Educators

Creating a Mentoring Pipeline into STEM, Health and Teacher Education

Learn about a summer program that uses a formalized mentoring system to provide support for participants (ages 10-14) with older students (UNCW and high school) and community volunteers in an effort to increase students’ activities and career choices in STEM, health and education areas.

Most applicable to grades 5-12 and Higher Education

Angelia Reid-Griffin- University of North Carolina at Wilmington

3:50 PM Option 6 of 7
Room 7B
Track: Exhibitor Showcase

STEMulating Electrophoresis Inquiry

Find out how to bridge the gap between textbook science and students’ lives as you learn how to engineer a gel electrophoresis box and run candy dyes and DNA on a gel to test the efficiency of your design.

Most applicable to grades K-12, Higher Education and Other STEM Groups

Bio-Rad

3:50 PM Option 7 of 7
Room 9
Track: TechSpace: Breakthrough Technologies

1:1 with Vernier Probeware

Learn how the use the new wireless capabilities of Vernier Labquest 2 to integrate STEM in your 1:1 initiatives.

Most applicable to grades 3-12

Patrick Curley- The Science House at CMAST
Nancy Curley- Onslow County Schools

4:40 PM
Room 1C/1D

Exhibit Hall Closes

End of Day 1

Day 2
Wednesday, October 26

8:00 AM
Rooms 1A, 1B, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7A, 7B

1-on-1 Networking Session

Room 1C/1D

Exhibit Hall Opens

Morning Refreshments

Room 9

CompSci Training Workshop

For CompSci Scholars only

8:30 AM
Room 2

Welcome

Suzanne Wilkison- North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research
Roger Conner- GO-Science

8:40 AM
Room 2

Keynote: Gateway Courses: Barriers to Completion or Pathways to a Better Life?

Dr. Andrew Koch will discuss how historically high-risk “gateway” courses can serve not merely as barriers to access to a specific collegiate major, but even as deterrents to completing a college degree. This is especially true for low-income, first-generation and historically underrepresented minority students. Drawing on data and lessons learned from a national project focused on transforming teaching and learning in post-secondary gateway courses, he will engage all conference attendees in a discussion about why these outcomes occur, and he will share promising approaches for all educators who are interested in improving student learning and success in these “killer” courses.

Andrew Koch, Ph.D-John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

10:00 AM Option 1 of 9
Room 1A
Track: Best Practices in Teaching STEM at the Undergraduate Level

A Deeper Dive: Follow Up Conversation to Dr. Koch's Plenary Session on Gateway Courses

This session allows participants to engage in further discussion about the content shared and observations made during the “Gateway Courses: Barriers to Completion or Pathways to a Better Life?” plenary address. Come ready to dig deeper and discuss possibilities with Dr. Koch and your fellow conference attendees.

Most applicable to Higher Education

Andrew Koch, Ph.D.- John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

10:00 AM Option 2 of 9
Room 1B
Track: Getting Started in STEM

Establishing an Effective and Sustainable STEM Infrastructure

Evidence indicates STEM education is a high priority in our state. Educators and industry leaders are keenly aware of the knowledge and skills needed to prepare students to graduate ready for post-secondary education, work and to be globally engaged, productive citizens. Teachers and students, business and industry and STEM-related community members and programs have sought information and resources on STEM education – what is it, what does our state’s framework encompass and how best to implement these concepts and strategies. In this session, learn from leaders in STEM education and recognized STEM Schools of Distinction as they share their strategies of success. This will be a comprehensive double session from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM concentrating on aspects of establishing an effective and sustainable STEM infrastructure.

Applicable to all audiences

Tina Marcus- North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Sam Houston- North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center
Tonya Little- Martin County Schools
Erica Prentice- Envision STEAM Academy

10:00 AM Option 3 of 9
Room 2
Track: Expanding and Sustaining a STEM Program

There is no "I" in STEAM: Supporting STEAM Education in ELA Classrooms

An English teacher brings STEAM to her classroom and a science teacher brings literacy to hers. See them foster a holistic environment for education via cross-curricular teaching and the development of a collaborative unit that incorporates non-social media technology.

Most applicable to grades 9-12

Emmalea Couch- Jordan High School
Sarah Wilson- Jordan High School

10:00 AM Option 4 of 9
Room 3
Track: Hands-On, Pioneering Instructional Practices (50-minute concurrent session)

Science and Citizen Science with Middle School Math

Through this hands-on session, teachers can experience how Citizen Science can be incorporated into Math CC6. A shark teeth case study (data & statistics), a climate zones seasons study (integers) and a photosynthesis-growing lentils study (equations) will be presented as examples.

Most applicable to grades 6-8

Juliana Thomas- The Exploris School

10:00 AM Option 5 of 9
Room 4
Track: Hands-On, Pioneering Instructional Practices (50-minute concurrent session)

Grossology and You: A Digital Planetarium Show and Supporting Curricula about Human Body Systems

While most people think of planetariums as a perfect venue for learning about outer space, the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center will share a new show and related hands-on activities, featuring student learning opportunities about the “inner space” of the human body.

Most applicable to grades 3-8 and Other STEM Groups

Amber Vogel – Morehead Planetarium
Nick Eakes  – Morehead Planetarium

10:00 AM Option 6 of 9
Room 5
Track: STEM Collider: A Convergence of the K-16 STEM Ecosystem

STEMpact: Creating a PACT with the STEM Business Community

Learn strategies to increase the business community’s investment in time and talent in K-12 education. This session provides resources that may be used immediately by schools and businesses.

Most applicable to grades K-12, Industry, Government, and Other STEM Groups

Teresa Pierrie- Wake Education Partnership
Paul Domenico- Wake County Public School System

10:00 AM Option 7 of 9
Room 6
Track: STEM Unconference

STEM Unconference

The STEM Unconference brings together attendees with similar interests for presentations, workshops, demonstrations and discussions. Come with ideas of what you want to learn regarding STEM and with things you can share.

Applicable to all audiences

Roger Conner- Go-Science

10:00 AM Option 8 of 9
Room 7A
Track: Other STEM Groups, Out-of-School Experiences & Informal Educators

The ELL (Explore, Learn, Lead) Approach to Learning as Applied to STEAM

The Forge Initiative’s Explore, Learn and Lead model provides a nontraditional view of how educators can enhance participant experience during hands-on, problem/inquiry-based learning. ELL provides a customizable framework to increase the participants’ engagement, motivation and ongoing pursuit of mastery.

Most applicable to grades K-12 and Other STEM Groups

Linda Whipker- The Forge Initiative
Rob Mackie- The Forge Initiative
Karen Mellendorf- The Forge Initiative

10:00 AM Option 9 of 9
Room 7B
Track: Exhibitor Showcase

Bringing Science Back

In the busy world of lesson planning, changing standards and technology updates, it can be a challenge to keep up with the demands of being an educator. Often, we see that the science part of science instruction gets left behind. Learn how to mix up your instruction and inspire your students with hands-on activities and unique classroom programs that will help you incorporate the most exciting part of science class — actual science! Join us for free resources and giveaways.

LearnEd Notebooks

10:50 AM
Room 1C/1D

Poster Session

The poster session will provide conference attendees with updated information about practical, quality STEM research that interests a wide range of subjects.

Applicable to all audiences

Melani Duffrin – East Carolina University

Room 1C/1D

Visit Exhibits

11:10 AM Option 1 of 8
Room 1A
Track: Best Practices in Teaching STEM at the Undergraduate Level

STEM Pipeline Retention Using the Model Institutions for Excellence Program

The Model Institutions for Excellence (MIE) program, initiated in 1994, is a joint venture between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and NASA. The program was designed to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through funding to a select group of minority-serving institutions. In this session, biology faculty will share data and lessons learned from implementing Applications of Lessons from Model Institutions of Excellence (ALEMIE) at Elizabeth City State University.

Most applicable to higher education

Eyualem Abebe, Ph.D. – Elizabeth City State University

11:10 AM Option 2 of 8
Room 1B
Track: Getting Started in STEM

Establishing an Effective and Sustainable STEM Infrastructure (Part 2)

Evidence indicates STEM education is a high priority in our state. Educators and industry leaders are keenly aware of the knowledge and skills needed to prepare students to graduate ready for post-secondary education, work, and to be globally engaged, productive citizens. Teachers and students, business and industry and STEM-related community members and programs have sought information and resources on STEM education – what is it, what does our state’s framework encompass and how best to implement these concepts and strategies. In this session, learn from leaders in STEM education and recognized STEM Schools of Distinction as they share their strategies of success. This will be a comprehensive double session from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM concentrating on aspects of establishing an effective and sustainable STEM infrastructure.

Applicable to all audiences

Tina Marcus- North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Bridget Jones- Cabarrus County Schools
Brenda Eason- Cabarrus County Schools
Claire McLaughlin- Brunswick County Schools

11:10 AM Option 3 of 8
Room 3
Track: Hands-On, Pioneering Instructional Practices (50-minute concurrent session)

Worm Science: K - 5 in Just 6 questions

Join us for a $5 journey in science. With just 6 questions, you’ll experience a science curriculum from all elementary grades. Guaranteed to create thirst for knowledge regardless of sex, race, religion, socioeconomic status, whatever … using hands-on fun!

Most applicable to grades K-5

Jimmy Ricard- Science Fun for Everyone
Craig Kwiatkowski- Science Fun for Everyone
Christine Martin- Science Fun for Everyone

11:10 AM Option 4 of 8
Room 4
Track: Hands-On, Pioneering Instructional Practices (50-minute concurrent session)

Independent Student Research

Extend student science learning though personal research projects. Learn tips to initiate, manage and evaluate student science and engineering research projects to help students advance to regional, state and national competitions. This fast paced, interactive presentation will include tips for reviewing projects for compliance and case studies.

Most applicable to grades 3-12 and Other STEM Groups

Chris Gordon- University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Alisa Wickliff- University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Premkumar Pugalenthi- University of North Carolina at Charlotte

11:10 AM Option 5 of 8
Room 5
Track: STEM Collider: A Convergence of the K-16 STEM Ecosystem

How to Leverage and Support STEM Teacher Leaders

How can educators and local industry form partnerships? How can schools and districts leverage STEM teacher-leaders? Gain ideas and best practices from the Kenan Fellows Program and from Friday Institute researchers. Learn how to support the collaborative power of STEM teacher-leaders.

Applicable to all audiences

Lisa Hibler- Kenan Fellows Program
Malinda Faber- The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
Jeni Corn- The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation

11:10 AM Option 6 of 8
Room 6
Track: STEM Unconference

STEM Unconference

The STEM Unconference brings together attendees with similar interests for presentations, workshops, demonstrations and discussions. Come with ideas of what you want to learn regarding STEM and with things you can share.

Applicable to all audiences

Roger Conner- Go-Science

11:10 AM Option 7 of 8
Room 7A
Track: Other STEM Groups, Out-of-School Experiences & Informal Educators

Starting a Rookie FIRST Robotics Competition Team: Lessons Learned

Starting a rookie FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team is daunting. In an effort to help overcome the fear factor, this presentation will include lessons learned, tips for starting, techniques for recruiting and strategies for retaining community engagement in STEM outreach.

Most applicable to grades 9-12, Higher Education, Industry and Other STEM Groups

Lynn Albers- Campbell University

11:10 AM Option 8 of 8
Room 7B
Track: Exhibitor Showcase

Engineering Design in the STEM Classroom

The E in STEM is about using the engineering design process to solve problems. Engineering design brings authentic, real-world applications of science and math concepts to life in your classroom and embeds 21st-century skills of collaboration, innovation and persistence.

STEMscopes

12:00 PM
Room 2

Lunch

12:20 PM
Room 2

Lunch Keynote: Building Bridges: A Nat Geo Explorer's Take on STEM, Exploration and Making an Impact

As technology continues to advance, it creates new worlds of amazing possibilities in how we live, work and play. At times, the breakneck pace of progress can seem overwhelming as it constantly challenges us to adapt to new paradigms and redefine our traditional professional roles. In his talk, Building Bridges: A Nat Geo Explorer’s Take on STEM, Exploration and Making an Impact, Andrés will explore low-tech solutions that will help us keep up with high-tech changes and empower the explorers of tomorrow.

Andres Ruzo- National Geographic Explorer

1:40 PM
Room 9

CompSci Training Workshop

For CompSci Scholars only

1:40 PM Option 1 of 8
Room 1A
Track: Best Practices in Teaching STEM at the Undergraduate Level

SEPA and Serious STEM Games Funding: How to write a NIH Grant Proposal

This presentation will be an overview of the NIH SEPA program and SBIR funding opportunities along with how to write a successful grant.

Most applicable to Higher Education

Tony Beck- National Institutes of Health

1:40 PM Option 2 of 8
Room 1B
Track: STEM (+): Creating a More Inclusive Environment in STEM

Developing Conceptual Understanding of Fractions in Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

This presentation looks at strategies for developing conceptual understanding of fractions in students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Most applicable to grades 6-12

Sulaiman Adeoye- University of North Carolina at Greensboro

1:40 PM Option 3 of 8
Room 3
Track: Hands-On, Pioneering Instructional Practices (50-minute concurrent session)

Middle School Mission to Mars Camp

A university partnership brought robotics, agriscience and creative design to rural students. A hands-on, STEM camp asked students to imagine and design a Mars community and a robot. Students used STEM, then expressed their ideas through the arts and humanities.

Most applicable to grades 6-8

Tonya Little- Martin County Schools
Franklin Scott- Riverside Middle School
Ashley Pointe- Riverside Middle School

1:40 PM Option 4 of 8
Room 4
Track: Hands-On, Pioneering Instructional Practices (50-minute concurrent session)

A Natural Disaster or a Disaster in Engineering?

Why do some countries see massive destruction, economic loss and fatalities, while others are prepared, damages are mitigated and fatalities are few? In this session learn how to create an authentic, project-based learning unit to connect the earth science classroom and STEM community through a global lens. Adaptable for all grade levels!

Most applicable for grades 5-12

Erin Marie Lawrence- Apex Friendship High School
Diane Cadavid- Apex Friendship High School

1:40 PM Option 5 of 8
Room 5
Track: STEM Collider: A Convergence of the K-16 STEM Ecosystem

UNCW MarineQuest: What We've learned from 36 Years of STEM Outreach Programs

The evolution of MarineQuest over the past four decades has been based on a continuous effort to engage learners in authentic marine science opportunities that highlight current STEM knowledge and skills. Partnerships between university faculty, staff and students with community schools and families have resulted in innovative programs involving citizen science, community service, research programs, for-credit courses, summer camps and more. Join us to learn about current initiatives and how you can become involved with MarineQuest.

Most applicable to grades K-12, Higher Education and Other STEM Groups

Sue Kezios- University of North Carolina at Wilmington

1:40 PM Option 6 of 8
Room 6
Track: STEM Unconference

STEM Unconference

The STEM Unconference brings together attendees with similar interests for presentations, workshops, demonstrations and discussions. Come with ideas of what you want to learn regarding STEM and with things you can share.

Applicable to all audiences

Roger Conner- GO-Science

1:40 PM Option 7 of 8
Room 7A
Track: Other STEM Groups, Out-of-School Experiences & Informal Educators

Using CPR to Apply Engineering and Science in Math Class

This presentation will show participants how to incorporate engineering and science in the mathematics classroom. CPR involves a pedagogical approach whereby students encounter confusion, persistence and resolution with math applications.

Most applicable to grades 9-10

Allen Nice-Webb- Buncombe County Schools

1:40 PM Option 8 of 8
Room 7B
Track: Exhibitor Showcase

How Are You Smart? A 21st-Century Approach to STEM Education

How are you smart? It’s a very relevant question for our technology-driven world. By finding the intersection of interest and aptitude, we can help students determine their best career pathway. Paxton Patterson uses project-based learning as the backbone for all its programs. A blend of internet-based curriculum and hands-on activities produces real results and allows students to make better decisions about potential STEM careers.

Paxton Patterson

2:30 PM
Room 1C/1D

Poster Session

The poster session will provide conference attendees with updated information about practical, quality STEM research that interests a wide range of subjects.

Applicable to all audiences

Melani Duffrin- East Carolina University

Room 1C/1D

Break

Refreshments served.

Room 1C/1D

Visit Exhibits

2:50 PMOption 1 of 5
Room 2

Hands-On, Pioneering Instructional Practices Expo

This session will take place simultaneously in Rooms 2 and the 1C/1D exhibitor area. Attendees will travel from table to table to learn about inquiry-based, hands-on activities that can be used in the classroom.

Table #1
Sprinkle Some STEM On It

Using the engineering design process, students drive their own learning through hands-on projects. From building a garden to launching air-pressurized rockets, students are inspired to learn through the curiosity of how things work.

Most applicable to grades 5-6

Ethan Burton- Envision Science Academy
Amy Sheppard- Envision Science Academy

Table #3
Chocolate, Light Bulbs and the Law of Conservation of Energy

This is a 10-minute demonstration using incandescent and fluorescent lightbulbs to melt chocolate, demonstrating the Law of Conservation of Energy whereby electric energy is converted into heat and light energy. Students love this activity, especially eating the chocolate!

Most applicable to grades 2-8

Lynn Albers- Campbell University

Table #5
Cost Effective Robotics in the Classroom

Robotics is an exciting method to incorporate STEM into the classroom; however, many robotic systems for students require technical support and experienced instructors. RoboxSumo, Creek Creepers and Programmable RoboxSumo are low-cost and accessible alternatives that any teacher can use to incorporate robotics in the classroom. Come learn how these flexible, low-cost alternatives can excite your students about robotics.

Most applicable to grades 4-12

Ann McClung- ECU Center for STEM Education
Bill McClung- PotashCorp Aurora

Table #7
Teaching Biotech with Free Downloadable Game App

Novozymes has developed a free downloadable game app that can be used to teach about enzymes and applications of enzymes to make bioenergy. We will cover information about enzymes, temperature, pH and renewable energy with a fun interactive game and supplemental material that links to North Carolina curriculum standards.

Most applicable to grades K-12

Rachel Burton- Novozymes North America, Inc.
Arlan Peters- Novozymes North America, Inc.

Table #11
Engaging Elementary Students in Fairy Tale Engineering

Engineering Expectations, the youth engineering outreach program at UNCW, has developed a successful elementary engineering program based on fairy tales. Using familiar stories to introduce engineering challenges helps the young students engage fully in the engineering design process.

Most applicable to grades K-4

Katherine Ibbotson- University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Table #13
Energize Your Classroom with CIBL’s Curriculum and Professional Development

Stop by and learn about the Center for Inquiry-Based Learning’s (CIBL) complete package: inquiry-based curriculum aligned to the N.C. standards, hands-on materials and professional development. CIBL is looking for partners who want to see active classrooms full of engaged students.

Most applicable to grades K-8

Todd Guentensberger- Center for Inquiry-Based Learning
Mara Thomas- Center for Inquiry-Based Learning
Linda Tugurian- Durham Public Schools

Table #15
Utilizing BioNetwork’s Free Resources in Your Classroom

From virtual Zombie College to electrophoresis in your classroom, BioNetwork offers a variety of e-Learning resources, classroom outreach activities and teacher professional development across the state.

Most applicable to grades 6-12 and Higher Education

Courtney Behrle- BioNetwork
Tanya McGhee- BioNetwork

Table #17
Using Hands-On STEAM Builders to Enhance Team Development for Project-Based Learning

Teamwork and collaboration are essential in STEAM. Building teams through intentionally walking through Tuckman’s stages of team formation and using micro-projects based on the STEAM topic at hand – can level the playing field, create inclusiveness and build collaboration skills.

Applicable to all audiences

Linda Whipker- The Forge Initiative
Rob Mackie- The Forge Initiative
Maria Hunter Mackie- The Forge Initiative

Table #23
Project Based Learning (PBL) and STEM: A Perfect Match

PBL creates a learning environment into which multiple disciplines can be integrated. Student centered learning facilitated by the teacher models the engineering design process and engages students in creating solutions to real world problems. Examples and tips for successful implementation will be shared.

Most applicable to grades 6-12, Higher Education, Industry, Government and Other STEM Groups

Shelley Sink- Wake County Public Schools
Krista Adair- Wake County Public Schools

Table #27
Creating Electricity from Ocean Waves and Currents

Ocean waves and the Gulf Stream are potential sources of electrical energy for North Carolina. A short demonstration will highlight current research in North Carolina to harness the power of the ocean. Electrical principles will be displayed through hands-on activities.

Most applicable to grades 6-12

David Sybert- UNC Coastal Studies Institute

2:50 PMOption 2 of 5
Room 1A
Track: Best Practices in Teaching STEM at the Undergraduate Level

STEM Career Clubs: An Interactive Session on Activities, Initial Findings and Next Steps

Many students, particularly underrepresented minorities and females, have difficulty seeing themselves in STEM majors or careers. Out-of-school programs are a promising venue to strengthen student self-efficacy and develop STEM skills, interests and career aspirations. In this interactive presentation, we will share information, activities and outcomes related to the STEM Career Clubs project that was conducted in four middle schools in rural North Carolina. We will discuss four key components of the project: leadership team professional development, teacher professional development, student STEM Club activities and parent clubs. The project was funded by an NSF ITEST grant and completed in partnership with the Science House and College of Education at North Carolina State University and Warren, Northampton, Vance and Nash-Rocky Mount school districts.

Most applicable to Higher Education

Margaret Blanchard- North Carolina State University

2:50 PMOption 3 of 5
Room 1B
Track: STEM (+): Creating a More Inclusive Environment in STEM

The FoodMASTER Initiative: Supporting the STEM Learning Pipeline for Underserved, Minority Youth through Informal Science Learning Environments

This presentation will discuss the importance of providing informal science learning opportunities for underrepresented minorities in an effort to impact the health professions’ STEM pipeline.

Most applicable to Higher Education, Industry, Government and Other STEM Group

Melani Duffrin- East Carolina University
Allender Lynch- East Carolina University

2:50 PMOption 4 of 5
Room 5
Track: STEM Collider: A Convergence of the K-16 STEM Ecosystem

STEM West - Regional STEM Initiative

Participants will learn about the regional initiatives in Western North Carolina to expand student interest in STEM careers through the STEM West organization.

Applicable to all audiences

Carol Moore- Western Piedmont Council of Governments
Gina Barrier- The Science House at North Carolina State University

2:50 PMOption 5 of 5
Room 6
Track: STEM Unconference

STEM Unconference

The STEM Unconference brings together attendees with similar interests for presentations, workshops, demonstrations and discussions. Come with ideas of what you want to learn regarding STEM and with things you can share.

Applicable to all audiences

Roger Conner- Go-Science

3:30 PM
Room 1C/1D

Exhibit Hall Closes

3:50 PM Option 1 of 8
Room 1A
Track: Best Practices in Teaching STEM at the Undergraduate Level

Creating Problem-Based Curricula for Undergraduates in Science

Problem-based learning (PBL) is a pedagogical approach in which classroom time is spent working on problems in order to facilitate deep content understanding. PBL has many benefits. Learning is enhanced as students are actively engaged in problem-solving. Moreover, since problem-solving occurs during class time, student efforts are supported by faculty who can provide in-the-moment tutoring. In this session, faculty from East Carolina University will share information, best-practices and example activities to aid in designing and implementing PBL in undergraduate courses.

Most applicable to Higher Education

Kristine L. Callis-Duehl- East Carolina University

3:50 PM Option 2 of 8
Room 1B
Track: STEM Collider: A Convergence of the K-16 STEM Ecosystem

Mentally Preparing for Future STEM Careers

What careers will your students have in 10 to 15 years? With the plethora of new technologies and ideas that are being developed faster than ever, there are no guarantees. However, during this session we will discuss possible future STEM careers. Be a part of the conversation as we discuss entrepreneurism, the internet of things, sustainability and more.

Applicable to all audiences

Darrell Kain- North Carolina Department of Commerce
Meihui Bodane- North Carolina Department of Commerce

3:50 PM Option 3 of 8
Room 2
Track: Expanding and Sustaining a STEM Program

Using SOLO Taxonomy to Promote STEM Teaching and Learning in K-12 Schools

The structure of observed learning outcomes (SOLO) taxonomy (Briggs, 1969) approach to teaching and learning STEM content in high-challenged K-12 schools tends to be very effective in improving student achievement. SOLO taxonomy is a model that describes levels of increasing complexity in students’ understanding of subjects.

Most applicable to grades K-12

Jerome Williams- Warren County Schools/Elizabeth City State University

3:50 PM Option 4 of 8
Room 3
Track: Hands-On, Pioneering Instructional Practices (50-minute concurrent session)

STEAMing Our Way

Learn how to incorporate STEAM into your school schedule. STEAM names, descriptions and discussions will be provided in this presentation. 3D printing, vinyl cutting and our business STEAM model will be presented. Real world education at its best.

Most applicable to grades 6-8

James Green- Uwharrie Charter School
Suzanne Bryant- Uwharrie Charter School
Beth Kearns- Uwharrie Charter School

3:50 PM Option 5 of 8
Room 4
Track: Hands-On, Pioneering Instructional Practices (50-minute concurrent session)

Counting Carbon: Mathematical Connections to the Carbon Cycle

Conduct and receive math-based activities that quantify the connection between electricity, coal consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. Examine the role of forests in sequestering those emissions by learning how to calculate the amount of carbon stored in trees.

Most applicable to grades 9-12

Dana Haine- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Institute for the Environment
Renee Strnad- North Carolina State University- Extension Forestry NC

3:50 PM Option 6 of 8
Room 5
Track: STEM Collider: A Convergence of the K-16 STEM Ecosystem

STEM from Your Roots

Place-based education (PBE) immerses students in local heritage, cultures, landscapes, opportunities and experiences, using these as a foundation for the study of language arts, mathematics, social studies, science and other subjects across the curriculum. PBE emphasizes learning through participation in service projects for the local school and/or community. Learn how teachers from the Coastal Connections MSP grant have developed PBE to use the rich resources of the coast to integrate STEM in their classrooms.

Most applicable to grades K-12 and Other STEM Groups

Patrick Curley- The Science House at CMAST
Lauren Daniel- Carteret County Schools

3:50 PM Option 7 of 8
Room 6
Track: Expanding and Sustaining a STEM Program

Developing a STEM Ecosystem: The STEM East Network Story

This presentation will cover the establishment of a public-private network of employers, educators and other players to provide a collaborative process for K-12 to career education. Attendees will learn how the Network, now formally established with 11 school districts and multiple major employers, developed and has achieved tremendous resources for the region.

Applicable to all audiences

Steven Hill- STEM East Network

3:50 PM Option 8 of 8
Room 7A
Track: Other STEM Groups, Out-of-School Experiences & Informal Educators

What's Snot to Like?

Learn about the effects of mucus in the human respiratory system, the physical properties of mucus, and how it lubricates the gastrointestinal tract and helps move particles out of the lungs.

Most applicable to grades 6-8 and Other STEM Groups

Daniel Wheeler- Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
Nikki Crumley- Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

4:45 PM
Room 2

Closing Session and Giveaways

Suzanne Wilkison- North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research
Roger Conner- GO-Science

Tracks

Best Practices in Teaching STEM at the Undergraduate Level

Provides undergraduate STEM faculty with practical guidance about the following topics:

  • Introduction to pedagogy and adult learning in the higher education classroom
  • Education sciences and STEM teaching tools for a differential approach
  • Gateway course success: pedagogy, engagement and active learning practices
  • Strategies for preventing STEM drop-out in early higher education
  • Strategies for innovating traditional curricula in higher education with e-learning tools
  • Flipped classrooms/ learner-centered teaching in higher education
  • Interdisciplinary pedagogical approaches to STEM education in higher education
  • Social media in the classroom
  • Student learning styles and the STEM knowledge base of today’s college freshmen

Exhibitor Showcase

The exhibitor showcase provides an opportunity for attendees to connect with premium exhibitors and engage in hands-on activities using the most-up-to-date STEM resources during a 50-minute concurrent session.

Applicable to all attendees

Expanding and Sustaining a STEM Program

Provides K-12 teachers with practical guidance that addresses the following topics:

  • How to develop lesson plans to encourage critical thinking in STEM
  • How to expand, integrate and make time for STEM implementation
  • How to integrate engineering and science in the mathematics classroom
  • How to incorporate STEM into non-STEM subjects
  • How to tap into STEM programs offered throughout the state by informal STEM groups, museums, etc.
  • How to expand STEM programs to rural areas and afterschool programs

Getting Started in STEM

Provides K-12 teachers with practical strategies to meet STEM classroom needs (time management, space, integration, differentiation, funding, etc.).

Hands-On, Pioneering Instructional Practices (50-minute concurrent session)

Provides K-12 teachers with inquiry-based, hands-on activities that can be used in the classroom. These interactive presentations will provide practical guidance for incorporating STEM in the classroom using cross-content integration and hands-on activities. Specifically, this track will address the following topics:

  • Problem- and project-based learning (PBL)
  • Creating a student-centered classroom
  • Teaching tools for differentiated instruction
  • STEM strategies and implementation
  • Mathematical connections to the real world
  • STEM in elementary: bringing science back into the curriculum
  • Grand challenges and critical thinking in the classroom
  • Citizen Science and the K-12 classroom
  • Online crowdfunding for classroom needs

Hands-On Expo

Provides K-12 teachers with inquiry-based, hands-on activities that can be used in the classroom. These interactive presentations will provide practical guidance for incorporating STEM in the classroom using cross-content integration and hands-on activities. Specifically, this track will address the following topics:

  • Problem- and project-based learning (PBL)
  • Creating a student-centered classroom
  • Teaching tools for differentiated instruction
  • STEM strategies and implementation
  • Mathematical connections to the real world
  • STEM in elementary: bringing science back into the curriculum
  • Grand challenges and critical thinking in the classroom
  • Citizen Science and the K-12 classroom
  • Online crowdfunding for classroom needs

 

Other STEM Groups, Out-of-School Experiences & Informal Educators

Expands on the interconnectedness of educational experiences by highlighting key issues faced by organizations and individuals working across groups toward collective impact within STEM education. Topics include:

  • How to develop programs, projects and evaluations
  • How to embrace diverse expertise
  • How to develop partnership models
  • How to integrate Citizen Science
  • How to engage science professionals in community outreach
  • The science of science communication
  • Community engagement and outreach
  • Optimal evaluation approaches for use across settings
  • Strategies to address broader impacts in grant applications
  • Maker-spaces/making as a learning process
  • Collective impact and national networks

Outreach Expo

Provides attendees from higher education and informal/other STEM groups who are looking to share research outcomes and finished products with an opportunity to:

  • Disseminate deliverables from grant-funded research activities
  • Promote museum and other informal STEM outreach opportunities
  • Disseminate STEM curricula
  • Disseminate STEM education resources
  • Promote STEM programs for K-12 teachers and students
  • Promote products in the final stages of development
  • Promote offerings from university centers and institutes
  • Promote partnerships for ongoing and future programs with K-12 teachers and students

Standards and Assessment

Provides K-12 teachers with practical guidance about:

  • Developing and assessing STEM curricula
  • Balancing inquiry with standardized testing

Provides higher education and noneducators with practical guidance for:

  • Understanding North Carolina Essential Standards
  • Understanding Common Core State Standards

STEM Collider: A Convergence of the K-16 STEM Ecosystem

Creates a convergence between all K-16 stakeholders to address systematic concerns and issues in STEM throughout North Carolina. Specifically, this track will address the following topics:

  • Industry connections and partnerships, including the integration of relevant, real-world industry problems into K-12 instruction, and internships for undergraduate students
  • Middle-skill STEM jobs
  • Motivation: educational psychology and STEM
  • The role of the community college
  • The 2+2 pathway
  • Creating a successful grant application
  • Student self-efficacy in learning
  • Keeping STEM fresh, new, innovative and exciting
  • Exploring innovative collaborations
  • The future of STEM in North Carolina
  • Developing community connections
  • Science education and the nation’s future
  • Citizen Science: projects and activities to inspire authentic science research
  • Informal STEM: resources and partnership opportunities for K-12 schools

STEM (+): Creating a More Inclusive Environment in STEM

Explores issues of inclusiveness and equity in the entire STEM environment across K-16 education. Specifically, this track will address the following topics:

  • Serving K-12 gifted students
  • Serving K-12 students with disabilities
  • Pedagogies for mentoring underrepresented students in higher education
  • Reaching low SES (socioeconomic status), rural, urban and minority students
  • Collaborations that explore the interdisciplinary nature of STEM
  • STEM to STEAM, STREAM or STEMM: adding to the relevancy of learning

STEM Unconference

The STEM Unconference brings together attendees with similar interests for presentations, workshops, demonstrations and discussions. Come with ideas of what you want to learn regarding STEM and with things you can share.

TechSpace: Breakthrough Technologies

Introduces free, easy-to-use technology and demonstrates innovative ways of integrating computer science and engineering across the curriculum. Specifically, this track will address the following topics:

  • Blended learning
  • Inexpensive and free technologies
  • Virtual labs and online interactives in the classroom
  • MakerSpaces, Maker Movement, and STEM labs
  • Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Hour of Code, Girls Who Code
  • Computer programming, engineering and design thinking